Home City: Austell, Georgia
Crash Anniversary: April 17, 1988
Cobb County Georgia Officer Freddie Norman was given less than a 1 percent chance of surviving after a teenage drunk driver slammed into his patrol car as he was responding to an emergency call. The crash left Officer Norman a quadriplegic and unable to talk, but he persevered and was able to communicate through a computer. He received the Blue Star Award, given to officers injured in the line of duty, and saw his daughter Christi Norman sworn in as an officer with the Austell Police Department.
Officer Norman succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash 21 years later, on February 14, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Faith, three daughters and three grandsons.
“It is heartbreaking to see a loved one deal with severe disabilities all because a 16-year-old made a bad choice by becoming intoxicated and choosing to drive instead of calling a taxi or having a designated driver. Freddie was confined to a wheelchair with limited movement and unable to talk for 21 years. It took a toll on his body. It is devastating to lose a loved one as a result of drunk driving. As an officer, one of Freddie’s main goals was to keep drunk drivers off the road. What happened to Freddie does not have to happen again,” said Faith.
Click here to register for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium 5K/Walk Like MADD.
Do I have to register in order to participate?
Yes, we want to know you’re participating with us and need every participant to sign a standard waiver through their official registration. By signing up for this event and raising funds on behalf of MADD, you are making our families and community safer.
Join the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC, Atlanta Track Club and Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 5K/Walk Like MADD and be a part of something special. This event offers something for the whole family including a 5K, One Mile and 50m Dash. All participants have the opportunity to finish on the Atlanta Falcons 50-yard line inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 100% of the proceeds go to Mothers Against Drunk Driving Georgia.
About Walk Like MADD
Walk Like MADD is MADD's signature fundraising event to help us raise both awareness and funds to eliminate drunk driving. Last year, tens of thousands of people in over 80 cities across the nation participated, and together, we raised more than 3 million dollars to provide our programs and services at no cost. With every step taken and each dollar raised, participants are supporting MADD’s lifesaving mission to keep our families and communities safe.
Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.
Atlanta Track Club events are held rain or shine. However, the threat of lightning or other severe weather in the vicinity of the event may result in a delay or cancellation.
DATE & TIME
September 30, 7:30 a.m.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 1 AMB Dr. Atlanta 30313
5K (8 & older)
One Mile (7 & Older/open to adults)
50m Dash (6 & younger)
Commemorative Mizuno Shirt
5K: $30 until online registration closes and $40 event day
One Mile: $15 until online registration closes and $20 event day
50m Dash: $10 until online registration closes and $15 event day